LCRA, City of La Grange award $23,925 grant to La Grange Noon Lions Club

New shade canopy will help make downtown La Grange playground safer, usable year-round

Nov. 21, 2019

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LCRA and City of La Grange representatives present a $23,925 grant to the La Grange Noon Lions Club for the purchase and installation of a canopy over the playground equipment at the Fayette Public Library. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Sam Wilson, La Grange Noon Lions Club president; Janet Moerbe, La Grange mayor; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; John J. Cernosek, La Grange mayor pro tem; Allison Shimek, Fayette Public Library director; Ken Morris, Lions Clubs International Foundation coordinator; and Kate Holman, LCRA Regional Affairs representative.

LA GRANGE, Texas – The La Grange Noon Lions Club will purchase and install a canopy over playground equipment at the Fayette Public Library to provide a safer, more attractive play area for children, thanks to a $23,925 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of La Grange.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $7,975 in matching contributions, will allow the Lions Club to install a canopy to make the downtown playground equipment usable even during hot summer days.

“We want the playground to be accessible to children year-round, but even touching it on our hottest days can leave a burn,” said Ken Morris, Lions Club International Foundation coordinator. “This canopy will help prevent first- and second-degree burns and make the playground more appealing during the summer.”

Morris said that in addition to protecting children from the sun, the canopy will also help protect the equipment and extend its usable life.

“The Lions Club is also excited that LCRA and the City of La Grange are helping in the growing efforts to encourage kids to put down their electronic toys and games, get out of the house and enjoy fresh air and sunshine,” Morris said. “Playing together helps kids have fun, get exercise and expand their social skills, especially during summer months when school is out and more kids are potentially isolated from their peers. In the small town of La Grange, we have few opportunities for this besides our playground and equipment.”

This grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of La Grange is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted from Jan. 1-31, 2020. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.

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